Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places by Jack El-Hai

By Jack El-Hai

Architecture/Regional

The first booklet to travel forgotten landmarks through the country of Minnesota.

Believe it or no longer, Minnesota's architectural panorama has incorporated a home made up of the fuselage of a B-29 bomber, a lodge that spent its ultimate years as a fowl hatchery, a Civil struggle cemetery, a treehouse outfitted and occupied year-round via an eccentric college professor, and a railway that after carried passengers up Duluth's steep incline from Lake stronger.

They are all long past now, besides numerous homes, parks, bridges, theaters, activities stadiums, courthouses, and farm structures within which Minnesotans have labored, performed, and lived their lives. even though different books have checked out the misplaced structure of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Jack El-Hai's misplaced Minnesota is the 1st booklet to inform the tales of structures and landmarks from rural and small-town Minnesota, in addition to these of the residential and suburban components of the state's biggest towns.

From Rochester's inn Zumbro and the Charles H. Mayo apartment to the Hastings Spiral Bridge and the Lyceum Theater of Duluth, El-Hai rediscovers a misplaced panorama and the values and way of life of a bygone period. He excursions not just dual towns constructions, corresponding to the Fairoaks mansion, the Wilder Baths, and the Beyrer Brewery, but in addition its websites, reminiscent of the Wonderland enjoyment park, to be able to re-create not just the place yet how Minnesotans lived.

Lost Minnesota provides eighty-nine superbly illustrated tales approximately those interesting areas and those that equipped them, lived in them, and tore them down. it is a ebook absolute to pride the Minnesota background fanatic and a person who's focused on the state's altering city, small-town, and rural landscapes.

Jack El-Hai is a contract journalist and columnist for structure Minnesota journal, and the writer of Minnesota Collects (1992) and (with Barbara Degroot) The Insiders' consultant to the dual towns (1995). He lives in Minneapolis.

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The Plaza spent a short time as a residential club for senior citizens, but then Interstate 94 roared into town. With the payment of $695,000 to its owners, demolition began in November 1960. Interstate 94's northern entry into the Lowry Hill tunnel now occupies the site. 44 Pond Brothers' Cabin East Shore of Lake Calhoun 1834-36 THIS CABIN, THE FIRST RESIDENCE BUILT by European American settlers in the lakes area of what is now Minneapolis, belonged to a pair of zealously evangelistic brothers, Gideon and Samuel Pond.

Supervising architect George B. Franklin transformed the theater's dark interior into a streamlined palace of light, mirrors, and chrome—one of the greatest examples of Art Deco design ever built in Minnesota. An efficient and inexpensive eatery catering to downtown workers, shoppers, and visitors, the Forum did well from the start. The food was fine, but customers seemed to like even better the kaleidoscope of glass that enclosed them. The main, street-level eating area featured vitriolite walls etched with a zig-zag design, glass-tiled surfaces in hues of green, gray, blue, and white, mirrors covered with etchings of forest and lake scenes, and frosted glass chandeliers shaped to resemble pine trees.

Because of fires that destroyed large theaters in other cities, Kees & Colburn placed special emphasis on making the Orpheum fireproof. With twenty-one separate exits, a sparing use of wood in its construction, an asbestos stage curtain, and isolated brick chambers for the dressing rooms, scene shops, and underground electric power plant, the building seemed nonflammable. The theater's promoters were proud of the four 6oo-step fire escapes, which could hold three thousand people. When a second Orpheum Theater on Hennepin Avenue opened and vaudeville began its decline in the 19208, management needed to find other uses for the theater.

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